Faith Presbyterian Church

Volume 31, Number 7 March 28, 2006

625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831


Faith Happenings

Sunday Services:

9:00 and 11:00

Graded Sunday School  P - 5th  9:00  

Adult Ed 9:30-1030am and 10:30-11:30am

Graded Sunday School P-5th   11:00

Munchies Bible Study 9:00am

CREW Bible Study 2-3pm


(Sr. High School Fellowship)

Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.

Munchies (Jr. High Fellowship) Game Night

Thursdays 7-8:30 pm.

Kelsey Ingalls 428-3439.


March 14 - April 16   7:00pm Lenten Worship & Communion

April 9  Palm Sunday Worship 9 and 11am

April 9  7:00pm Cotton Patch Gospel

April 9- 16 Family Promise

April 13 Maundy Thursday Supper 6:00pm Worship 7:00pm

April 16 Easter Worship 9 and 11:00am

Dennis Merwin Brass

              Dennis Merwin plans to enhance worship with a brass band on Easter Sunday.  He invites anyone who wants to join the brass ensemble to call him at 424-5684. Bring your horn and have a grand time.

Christian Education Opportunities

During Lent and Beyond


Sunday Mornings, March 5th – June 11th,  9:30- 10:30am

Beginnings: A Study of the Call of God in Genesis

A fresh look at the people, stories, and events in the book of Genesis.

Leader: Jim Zazzera

Room: Link Hall


Wednesday Evenings, March 29th – April 12th, 7:30-9:00pm

Praying With Scripture in Lent

A time to be simply guided in prayer by scripture using the process of  “lectio divina.”

              March 29th         Philippians 2:5-11

              April 5th              Psalm 51:1-12

              April 12th            John 3:14-21

Leader: Jim Zazzera & Alice Parente

Room: E-1 (Choir Room)


 Pastor Jeff Says:

 Why I Love CEOs


Easter will be here in two weeks.  As we do every year, we expect to have a larger-than-normal crowd here that morning for worship as many people will come who aren’t in the habit of making worship a part of their Sunday morning routine.  I think that’s wonderful.


Sometimes around the church we use a term for people who only show up on occasions like Easter.  We call them CEOs (Christmas, Easter & Other times).  Sometimes these folks even jokingly refer to themselves this way.  Often they’ll tell you right up front: “Don’t look for me in mid-February.  But don’t worry, come Christmas or Easter I’ll be back.”


I have been in places where this crowd is resented.  If I’m honest, I have to admit that there have been times when I’ve resented them myself.  I wonder, how can anybody imagine that what happens here the other 50 weeks of the year isn’t worth joining in on?   That used to bother me.  It doesn’t anymore.


You see, I am so grateful these days to have the opportunity, even if it is just once or twice a year, to share the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ with people who, otherwise, might not hear it.  I love the thought that there will be scores of people coming in two weeks who will get a taste of the vibrancy and authenticity I see every week in this congregation.  I look forward to the chance to let people know, “Hey, if there is any way we as a church can serve you or your family between now and December 25, please let us know.  And if you get to a place during that time when, for whatever reason, you want to join us as we seek God in this life, know that you are always welcome here.”  


Of course, my desire is that people find a church community (this one, or one like it) where they can immerse themselves and find regular opportunities for spiritual growth and outlets to serve with others in Christ’s name.  To just participate in the life of the church a couple times a year keeps families and individuals from experiencing all the wonderful things God is doing in and through this community.  But one or two times a year, I’ve come to see, is better than none.  And at least then we have a couple of chances a year to invite folks to take a step closer to all that God has for them.


Are there people you know who you can invite to join us Easter Sunday?  Perhaps they are people who were once active in the life of Faith but have since wandered away.  Maybe all it would take would be an invitation from you and they’d be back.   Are there others who may never have been here but, because of their relationship with you, might accept an invitation to worship Easter Sunday?  Who knows what God would do with such an invitation?


On Easter Sunday we promise to work hard so that people you do invite, particularly those who don’t usually come, will be glad they showed up.  Know that I look forward to worshipping with you, and all our CEO friends, on that day.


Grace & Peace,



Women’s Conference Offered in the Pocket!


Greenhaven Lutheran Church is offering a women’s conference entitled Reach Out in Love: Transforming the Love of Christ.  It will be held Saturday, April 1st, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Greenhaven Lutheran (475 Florin Rd.).  Susan Miller, an author and the founder of NEW ministries, will be the guest speaker.  Susan’s ministry focuses on helping women and their families know Christ and grow deeper in their faith during times of transition.  To register, please contact Joy Plath at 393-0833.  The conference fee is $35 but there are partial scholarships available. 


Vacation Bible School will be July 10 - 14.



Sunday School News


Birthday for April

Kaylah Miller      4/2

Danielle Reyes    4/29

David Simmons   4/13

Jason Rock          4/22

Trisha Balangan   4/22

Sierra Brown        4/28



Teachers for April and May Sessions


9:00    Pre-2        Jaime Huff and Molly Bagby

            2-5          Nick and Katie Kolitsos


11:00    Pre-2        Allison Reynolds, Kevin Hefner, Jason Reynolds

             2-5            Andeen Lovett and Sophia Bagby



Butterflies for Easter


    We have "set" our caterpillars!  Twenty one days and we will see the mystery of emerging butterflies.  You can keep track of their progress by coming by on the classrooms or checking out the enclosure on the Narthex table.

    On Easter morning we will set our butterflies free!  Talking about the butterflies with your children is another way you can share with them the miracle of the Easter season.


Youth Sunday is coming!  Watch for further announcements.



Lessons of Faith for April

Preschool -2


Jesus Enters on a Donkey        Matthew 21:1-11

A Last Meal Together                Matthew 26:17-29

Jesus Is Alive!                            Luke 24:1-12

On the Road to Emmaus            Luke 24:13-35

Choosing a New Disciple            Acts 1:12-14


Second to Fifth


A Woman Anoints Jesus            Mark 14:3-9

Emmaus Road                            Luke 24:15-35

Jesus Was with Us                   Luke 24:28-35

The Ascension                        Acts 1:6-26


 One Hundred Years

    One Hundred Years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account nor what my clothes looked like.....

    But the World may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child!

Sunday School Dates

April 16 Easter

May 7  Youth Sunday

July 10 –14 Vacation Bible School.

Faith Presbyterian’s Eighth Annual Women’s Retreat

Our Eighth Annual Women’s Retreat was a resounding success with 31

attendees and Joan Stock as Moderator.  See these and more pictures on our web site at

Doing Good with Dairy

Head down the dairy aisle to help keep your blood pressure in check.


Making low-fat dairy products a regular part of peoples diets may reduce hypertension risk by about 50 percent results of a small study suggest Although more research is needed to confirm the link, low-fat dairy products such as nonfat milk, yogurt, and reduced-fat cheeses remain a goad source of lean protein and bone-boosting calcium.

 About 33 percent of adults have high blood pressure, a condition that puts strain on the heart, brain, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. In a recent study, researchers discovered that an increased intake of low-fat dairy products could cut the risk of high blood pressure In half Although whole-fat dairy and calcium intake did not affect hypertension risk in this study, high-fat loads have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in many other studies, so continue to minimize your intake of these. Also, a large body of research shows that minerals such as calcium are important to boosting bone health and regulating blood pressure. To further reduce your risk of hypertension, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and maintain a healthy weight.

Family Promise

       Our week for Family Promise is from 5:00pm Sunday April 9th to 8:00am Sunday April 16th.

          If you are a new volunteer, please attend a brief training session after the 2nd service on Sunday April 9th. Training will be in Room 5. All volunteers are welcome.

           On Sunday April 16th after the 2nd service there will be a de-briefing in Room 5. If you have questions or comments, we look forward to seeing you.

Sue Hooper 393-2633

Notes from Session March 13, 2006

Newly elected elders, Jim Hill, Georgianne Becker, and Jon Cash met with session along with deacon representative, Em Baker


Pastor Zarrera discussed the details of the Senior Shuttle proposed program. A Memorandum of Understanding has been prepared between Faith and the Asian Community Center. Pat Beal will be compiling a manual for the operation of the program. Bill Welch will serve as dispatcher. It is hoped this service will be operative by April 9th


Finance Elder, Don Sperling commended Pledge Secretary Debbie Kanner, and

Treasurer, Bill Baker, on their good work in keeping information current. The Building

Fund statement indicates that the remaining balance on the sanctuary loan is now down to



The Outreach Committee has selected a logo for Faith to be used on envelopes, stationery, mailings, etc.


The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has inquired about the possibility of holding their Sunday services in Link Hall. In that they meet quite early it would appear this would not be a problem. Pastor Jeff will be getting more information.


It was the consensus that a “Town Hall” type of meeting would be beneficial where congregation members could ask questions or explanations on matters of interest.


Attendance Figures:

                                         2005                  2006
Feb. 5                 293                      367
                Feb.12                321                      310
                Feb.19      313         301
       Feb.26      322         371
5           283         372

Endowment Fund Offering A Success


Many thanks to Faith Church and its members for a successful Endowment Offering. Finance Chairman Don Sperling reports that $721 was received. This money will help meet the desperate need for new churches in our rapidly growing presbytery.


Thanks.      Bob Connett.


Rebuilding Together


Many members of Faith have expressed their wish to participate in mission trips, but time and distance have made it impossible to reconcile with their schedules.  Now it’s possible for everyone at Faith to participate in a one-day mission trip just up the road to help our neighbors through Rebuilding Together.

Formerly Christmas in April, the Sacramento chapter of Rebuilding Together makes an impact through providing necessary repairs free of charge to existing homeowners. These necessary repairs often include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements - the goal is to provide a warm, safe and dry environment for low-income homeowners , enabling them to live independently and with dignity.

Please consider joining us on Saturday, April 29th as part of a building team from Faith.  No particular skills are needed and all efforts are appreciated.  If you have questions, please contact members of the Mission Committee, Jane Owen, John Sugar, Marthe Sweet, Sue Hooper, Carolyn Jaynes,  Conney Willis, or Scott or Sheri Peifer who have actually participated in prior work days.  Our volunteer list needs to be finalized by March 31st, so please let Conney Willis know if you’re interested by email at or by calling 530-432-2318, or look for a sign up list in the Narthex beginning Sunday, February 26th.


 Family Promise April 9 – 16


You can signup for this week of Family Promise on the whiteboard on the wall opposite the church office.

Volunteers are needed for dinner, evening activity, overnight teams, set up and take down teams, laundry and Coordinator of the Day (COD). If necessary, we will take sign-ups in the narthex on March 19.


If you have not volunteered but are interested, talk to someone who has or team up with them. If you have questions, call Cynthia Crow 392-9141 or Sue Hooper 393-2633.


“Cotton Patch Gospel” Coming to Faith on April 9th, 6:00pm


As a fundraiser for FAMILY PROMISE the “Cotton Patch Gospel” will be performed at Faith on Sunday April 9th at 6:00 p.m.  “Cotton Patch Gospel” is a retelling of the Gospels of Matthew and John set in the contemporary South, accompanied by bluegrass music.

              It was first performed in New York in 1981.  Christianity today said “Drop everything and go see the “Cotton Patch Gospel”.  Your feet will be tapping and your fingers snapping.”  The New York Times called it “an exuberant country western hoedown.”  It’s a show that gets your toes tapping and laughs coming non-stop.

              The play is being presented by the Broadway Playhouse-produced and directed by David McDonald.  This is the same David McDonald who directed the “Best of Broadway” for many years.

              Beginning Sunday February 26th tickets will be on sale in the Narthex after 1st and 2nd services.  Tickets are priced $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

              Come one, come all, bring your family and friends and enjoy this entertaining musical and raise money for Family Promise at the same time.  All proceeds from ticket sales go the Family Promise.


ARCO Results for March 26


Well, regrettably, last night the Kings broke their home game win streak by losing to the Warriors.  Fortunately our streak of great outings to ARCO was NOT broken!!  Your efforts earned us a $1155 donation from Maloof Sports and Entertainment (including $26.65 in.  Thanks to Betty Keller and Audrey Liu for helping with the inventory,  Pat Tatro for handling the cash and suffering through "my bad" (more later), and Cindy Canaday for starting the carpools and managing the runners.  Carol Keller, Rick Markuson, and Rick Crow were great at setting up and maintaining the condiment stations and Brien Bell was our very cool and effective Ice Guy.  Thanks to: Tracy Lyn Caldwell, Tina Faulks, Sarah Faulks, and Marie Wayne from Cordova High School Sober Grad Night Committee;  Claudia Neal and John Neal from Galena Street East - Performing Arts Group; and also Jennie Fong, Debbie Granco, Greg Hood, Cassandra Kamvon, Audrey Liu, and Jeri Wormington, who don't regularly attend Faith, but generously donated their time and talents to support our Youth Ministry.  Without all this outside help, we would have been in serious trouble last night.  Thanks to all of you.  It was great to have our young and spirited members in the form of Emily Bagby, Jon Cash, Brien Bell, Kim Char, and of course, Donne and Kelsey helping out in a big way.  Everyone did a great job!! One of the things that bothers me, after the games was the amount of food that was being thrown away, especially hot dogs.  In the past the hot dog roller grills have been kept full almost until the end of the game, resulting in  LOTS of left over dogs.  Multiply that by 4 stands and you can imagine the amount of food being tossed.  We even tried to get ARCO to release the leftover dogs to us, so we could take them to a homeless food kitchen, but because of food safety and liability concerns, that was not possible.  ARCO top management challenged the Food and Beverage Division to  better manage the preparation of the hot dogs to minimize the amount of waste.  We were all surprised to see the roller grills go almost empty at the end of the game, but if you think about it, that makes perfect sense.  The hot dogs should run out at the same time we close the stand.  That would be the ideal situation.  Last night we ran short of dogs in the 4th quarter and the ARCO staff did scramble to minimize the problem.  There were only a few lost sales that I was aware of and we even substituted King Dogs for Arena Dogs for the same price to keep the customers happy.  Why am I telling you all this?  Just to let you know that running short of dogs last night was not from neglect or mismanagement, but because of an ongoing effort by ARCO staff to follow the direction they have received from "on high" to curb waste.  In an unfortunate "senior moment" yours truly did not completely empty the money out his change fanny pack.  This resulted in Pat Tatro coming up short of cash when he went to the money room to settle up.  Ted Hansen brought it to our attention and when the fanny packs were rechecked, the money was found and we ended up being slightly "over" instead of wildly "under" cash. "MY BAD!!"  Sorry this has been so long, but I want everyone to understand what the challenges are at ARCO for both us and the ARCO staff.  THANKS for all your help all year.  We have just 2 more regular season games (the next two Sundays)  We still need about 8 to 10 volunteers for April 2nd, so if you haven't already signed up, and can help out, please let me know and I will get you a parking pass.  See ya in Church, 

Paul Keller


Peacemaking Conference


The 2006 Peacemaking Conference will be held July 22-27 at Estes Park, Colorado.  As an intergenerational event, there are engaging opportunities for children, teens and adults.  If you are wondering if this might be for you and/or your family, please talk to the three members of Faith who have had a chance to attend:  Bill Frye, Marthe Sweet, and Conney Willis.  All will agree that the conference helped them to understand the extent of work of the Presbyterian Church for peace and justice, and how they could participate in that work.  There are funds available to subsidize part or all of your travel by contacting Conney Willis at or 530-432-2318.


Worship Helpers


April 2

Daylight Savings

April 9

Palm Sunday

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Frank Abbott

Hal Turner


Marthe Sweet Dallas Love

Bill & Em Baker


John & Sally Ravas

Patty Boyd

Jim & Betty Park Bert & Barbara Brown


Bill Baker

Don Sperling

Coffee Preparers

Jim & Betty Park

Hal & Ilah Turner


Taylor Shabazian

  Isabelle Chapman

Worship Service



Worship Assistant

Walt McDaniel

Glenda Arellano


Dick & Betty McClure

Walt & Doran McDaniel


Tom & Doroothy Hughes        Julia King

Barbara & Jim Tracy

Melodi Anderson


Joe Parente Brien Bell

Coffee Servers

Margaret Finch

Paul & Betty Keller


Kitty Tatro Jarvis Arellano

Barbara Powell Charlie Tucker


Emiy Richardson

Catherine Smith

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